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Course content

In this course, students will explore theoretical and practical concepts of Web GIS (Internet GIS). From theoretical perspective they study about advantages and techniques for publishing, visualizing and accessing maps on Internet including architecture of Web GIS/Web mapping systems, markup languages (e.g. HTML, XML, SVG and GML), a scripting language, Web cartography, data sharing and geoportals, spatial web services and OGC standards. The theoretical part does also include a seminar on legal and ethical issues on Web GIS. From practical perspective they will learn to develop WebGIS/Web mapping applications including static and interactive web mapping systems. They also learn and work with some famous open source software and libraries for developing a Web GIS.

Teaching methods

Teaching consists of lectures and practical exercises that you will submit to the teachers. The course ends with a project, a theory exam and a practical exam.


Course compendium
Recommended extra reading: Internet GIS by Z.-R. Peng and M.-H. Tsou, Wiley

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Course facts

Level: Advanced
Credits: 7.5 ECTS
Period: Autumn, period 1
Language of instruction: English
Prerequisites: General admission requirements and courses equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in Physical Geography, including 30 ECTS in GIS or three years of study at the Faculty of Engineering (LTH)

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